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Archive for the month “July, 2010”

Universal Could Travel To India

Reliance’s Big Entertainment unit and Universal, a unit of General Electric Co’s NBC Universal could reach a deal this year, although one person familiar with the matter warned the talks were at an early stage and could break down, the Los Angeles Times reported. Reliance ADA is controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani. The newspaper cited a source as saying that Reliance ADA would have full ownership of the venture but would pay Universal royalties and fees for using content linked to popular movies like “Jaws,” “E.T.,” “Spider-Man” and the “Harry Potter” franchise. The park would look similar to Universal’s parks in Los Angeles, Orlando, and Japan, with a variety of roller coasters and rides, shops with movie-related merchandise and nearby hotels. Universal declined comment and officials for Reliance were not immediately available. The main cities being considered for the park are New Delhi and Mumbai, according to the report.


Harry Potter Fans Get Stuck On Ride

Harry Potter fans didn’t exactly have a magical time when they got stuck on the Forbidden Journey ride at Island of Adventure. More than 130 visitors were on board the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey simulation when it suddenly froze in the middle of the ride. It left many in awkward positions – some even claiming to have been upside down – and stuck for as long as an hour and a half in the dark indoor attraction, according to local reports. The problem occurred after a technical glitch triggered the entire ride to stop. Although rescue crews were seen taking stretchers into the ride, according to Universal Studios none of the guests had to be taken to hospital or even treated at the scene. Universal Studios representative Alyson Lundell said that while there have been times before when the ride has shut down, more than 900,000 people have be through the attraction. ‘If a problem should occur, the ride will shut down. From time to time, that occurs, and we want to make sure everyone is safe.’ The ride was back to normal the next day. For more, see Harry Potter ride shuts down

Disney Goes Hawaiian

On Friday, The Walt Disney Co. gave a peek of its sprawling, beachside Hawaiian resort that is under construction and scheduled to open next year. “Aulani” is Disney’s first major standalone resort away from a theme park and could serve as a model for future projects as the company diversifies and expands its vacation offerings. “This is a very special project for us,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “It’s unlike anything that Disney has done before; at the same time, it’s very like many of the things we do.” Aulani will have 359 hotel rooms, 481 time-share units, restaurants, a convention center, a 15,000-square-foot spa and a massive water play area that includes a volcano tube slide and a lagoon to snorkel in. It will sit on 21 acres on Oahu’s Leeward Coast in the Ko Olina development, known for its white sand lagoons, scenic golf course and colorful sunsets. Ko Olina is about an hour west of Waikiki, where most of the hotels and tourists are located. Jim Lewis, president of Disney’s time-share component, said Hawaii makes “perfect sense” with its rich culture, traditions, warm greetings, family values, friendships and storytelling. Most of the resort is currently a jungle of concrete, steel, wires and pipes with no Mickey and Minnie in sight. Aulani is scheduled to open Aug. 29, 2011, with hotel reservations to begin next month. The largest units at Aulani are 3-bedroom “Grand Villas” — 2,300-square-foot timeshare units that are larger than most Hawaii homes, sleep 12 and have sweeping views of the Pacific. While this may be Disney’s first big push into Hawaii, the company has had a long and growing relationship with Hawaii. One of the most notable is the animated film “Lilo & Stitch,” the centerpiece of a $1.7 million marketing deal between Hawaii and Disney. Other projects have included the 2001 film “Pearl Harbor” and ABC’s castaway drama “Lost,” which filmed here for six seasons. ABC is owned by Disney. In addition, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” began shooting here this summer. “We couldn’t find a more perfect place in putting a resort like this,” Staggs said.

Porky Pig Attacked At Six Flags

On Monday July 12th, two Six Flags Great America workers were kicked out of the park after allegedly attacking a female worker dressed in a “Porky Pig” costume. Taras Sikalchuk, 20, and Dmytro Petrychenko, 19, took a picture with Porky about 2:20 p.m. Monday at Six Flags Great America, and then punched the mascot in the head 10 to 15 times, Gurnee police said Tuesday. Both men were employees at the park, and were visiting the park on their day off. Both men denied the attack, but witnesses confirmed the story, said the police. The 24 year old woman in the suit suffered headaches and a stiff neck, but did not require hospitalization, Sgt. Ward, of the Gurnee police said. The sergeant said mascots are accompanied by a security guard, and attacks on mascots happen once or twice a year.

WWOHP Easter Eggs

Check out these cool Harry Potter Easter Eggs at WWOHP:

1.)The Monster Book of Monsters, inside general store Dervish & Banges.

2.)Skele-Gro, a few bottles are tucked away on the shelves at Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods, as you exit the Forbidden Journey ride.

3.)Portable Swamp, on the highest shelves in Zonko’s Joke Shop.

4.)Inside Hagrid’s Hut, you’ll pass by the hut as you’re waiting to get on the Flight of the Hippogriff kiddy coaster.

5.)Extendable Ears, as you pass from Zonko’s Joke Shop into the Honeydukes candy store, look straight up. Extendable Ears are hanging from the ceiling.

6.)Mandrakes, inert mandrakes sit in the Hogwarts greenhouse in the line for Forbidden Journey. An animated one sits inside a Hogsmeade shop window.

7.)Gillyweed, a little packet of Gillyweed seed sits in a Hogsmeade store window

8.)Gilderoy Lockhart, in the window of a Hogsmeade bookstore, surrounded by mockups of Lockhart’s many memoirs, including Travels With Trolls and Year With the Yeti.

9.)The Founders of Hogwarts, in a dizzying, high-ceilinged room as you wait in line for Forbidden Journey.

10.)Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners, just before you board Forbidden Journey, you’ll find yourselves in the Gryffindor common room. This movie prop is sitting on a stack of books in a corner of the room.

World’s First Ferrari Park: Opening Soon

In 100 days, the world’s first Ferrari theme park will open. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is designed to tell the Ferarri passion, performance, excellence, and technical innovation together with its story, to families and fans of all ages and interests. The park will have more than 20 rides, lying under an iconic 200,000 square foot red dome. Some of the state-of-the-art rides on display include the fantasy world of ‘Nello’ at Speed of Magic, as the mischievous racing driver leads guests on a fantastic 4-D adventure through deep green jungles to icy caves and ravines. Guests can also go faster than anyone has ever been before on a roller coaster when they ride Formula Rossa, which powers guests up to 240 kilometers per hour in 5 seconds. Discover what only Ferrari owners have before, with a tour through the Maranello factory aboard the Made in Maranello attraction and gain an insight into the making of the world’s most sought-after cars. Viaggio in Italia, provides a breath-taking bird’s eye view of Italy, as you follow a Ferrari California through the scenic countryside and famous Italian landmarks. “I can’t wait until we open our doors on October 28th and welcome our guests to this entertainment experience where they will discover the unique world of Ferrari,” said Claus Frimand, GM, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The first block of Ferrari World was laid way back in November of 2007.

Disney Might Begin Shanghai Park Soon

Disney could start building its planned theme park in Shanghai as early as November, said a report. The park would be the 3rd Disney park outside the U.S., after Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. All construction in Shanghai is halted until the World Expo is over on Halloween. The Shanghai government announced its long-awaited approval for the project in November last year after authorities in Beijing approved Disney’s application. Previous reports have said the U.S. entertainment giant will invest 3.6 billion dollars in the 10-square-kilometer (four-square-mile) park. Disney said it looked forward to being able to announce a final deal and a timeline for opening in the future, when asked about the report.

Captain EO Is Back

As of July 2nd, 2010, the Captain EO attraction starring the late Michael Jackson will officially reopen at Walt Disney World’s Epcot park. The first preview of the 3D show took place on June 30th. The Captain EO attraction is also in Disneyland in California., where it opened earlier this year.

King Kong Has Returned

After he met a fiery end in June of 2008, the eighth wonder of the world has returned to L.A. The ride, titled King Kong 360/3D, is now in 3D, unlike it’s former sibling. The attraction is part of USH’s backlot tour. The ride places viewers between two large screens while Kong battles it out with dinosuars. Here’s a video for the ride, for those who are interested:

LegoLand Is Coming To Orlando

Yep that’s right. The Lego based theme park is coming to Orlando in 2011. The park is supposed to hold over 50 rides, shows, and models made of the Dutch invention. When the park opens, it will be the 5th Legoland theme park in the world, and the 2nd in North America (the other is in California). Officials are hoping to reel in as many as 2 million people in its opening year.

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